OPEN MIND Technologies AG (Needham, MA) introduced its latest hyperMILL 2021.2 CAD/CAM software suite which offers enhanced features for efficient, user-friendly machining in applications ranging from 2.5D to 5-axis.
The hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining NC code-based machine simulation has also been enhanced. Within the VIRTUAL Machining Optimizer module, the cutter is able to remain close to the workpiece, violations of the axis limitations are now detected and movement sequences are optimized accordingly.
There is also a new option in VIRTUAL Machining to apply a special approach and retract strategy to machines where the cutting tool can be retracted into a tunnel.
OPEN MIND introduced more capabilities in hyperMILL 2021.2 ADDITIVE Manufacturing including a Weave Mode. This mode generates a toolpath in a wave-shaped or zigzag movement to apply material to contours or to fill areas. This allows the application area to be widened and the thickness to be increased for the individual movement. This continuous application also improves the metallurgical properties of the applied material.
In the integrated hyperCAD-S CAD module, additional file formats for import and export have been added including SAT as standard ACIS text, and OBJ and 3MF for importing mesh data.
Electrode creation has been improved via the optimized selection of the raw material. To support EDM machining, the hyperCAD-S Electrode Converter can now be used to create import files for several EDM machines such as Exeron, Zimmer & Kreim and OPS-INGERSOLL.
Enhancements to some CAM cycles are offered in hyperMILL 2021.2 such as 3D and 5-axis Equidistant Finishing capabilities that define the milling area by selecting bounding curves so that individual areas on a surface model can be targeted.
With 3D ISO Machining, multiple bounding curves can be used to allow different areas to be machined in one job. In addition, 3D Z-level Shape Finishing includes optimized sorting of toolpath, smooth overlap at boundary, free tool geometry and trim toolpath to stock.
To provide better feedback during CAM programming, Automatic Stock Display displays stock for any machining job. There is a new Preview of Selected Entities feature that highlights entities such as curves, faces or points when a job is selected.
A new BEST FIT feature aligns the NC program automatically to the component position, eliminating manual alignment and optimizing the options offered by VIRTUAL Machining.